For those out there looking for their Ithaka, the eternal calmness, the journey will probably be long. Unfortunately, we cannot shorten that journey for you. However, we can offer something to listen to while you are on your way. Expect the unexpected with Strange Weather! Read our discussion below!
Describe your sound in 3 words
Cinematic, Romantic, Playful
Tell us a few things about The Canary and The Fool’s Journey in general. What is the main idea behind it?
There are a few answers to that question. The Fool’s Journey is an album about a Fool in Love. We meed him as a naively optimistic child, in some ways a stranger to himself, and by falling in love with a wounded person he begins to understand the darkness and loss of life. The structure of the album is loosely based on the tarot card deck – mostly in the sense of each song being an archetypal stage in the Fool’s development, but not necessarily linear. The Canary is the moment when The Fool realizes he might be in over his head.
When referring to your music, you use the term romantic psychedelia. Give as an album/artist that captures this exact vibe.
Oh man, that’s actually really tough. A big part of why I make music is to create something I’ve never quite heard before. So I’m gonna be evasive and give you a couple albums that are in the neighborhood – Merriweather Post Pavilion by Animal Collective, Songs from the Big Chair by Tears for Fears, and Remain in Light by Talking Heads. There’s also a lot of Zeppelin in my world, but it’s so hard to pick just one album. Maybe Houses of the Holy.
The Canary has a lovely cinematic vibe with some really cool epic moments. If it could be played during the end titles of a movie, which movie would that be?
It’s somewhere between a Southern Gothic and a Western, soooo maybe A Streetcar Named Desire, or Bonnie and Clyde. Or even True Blood.
You have been diagnosed with a rare genetic eye disease called Choroideremia. How do you maintain your passion and drive for music despite the challenges posed by your condition, and what advice would you give to others facing similar obstacles in pursuing their artistic passions?
What’s all this hard-hitting journalism about?? YOU TOLD ME THIS WAS A PUFF PIECE! Ok ok, sincerity it is. I have a genetic retinal disease and I’m gradually going blind from the outside in. The effect is that I can’t see at all in the dark, and even during the day I have pretty sever tunnel vision. I think music would’ve been a big part of my life no matter what, but I’m sure that feeling more at home in the world of sound made music a natural occupation. Maintaining my passion and dedication for music has never been a challenge for me – my struggle has been remembering that I have to do anything else, like make money or take out the trash. Or even release the music I make, that took me a while to get around to. And if I psychoanalyze myself about why I’m so consumed by music, it’s because music is definitively immediate – like sex or laughter – and to reside in that immediacy is the perfect anecdote to the fear of impending loss. So I guess I’d say to anyone else facing similar condition (spoiler: we all are, death is just a slow disease), find something that makes you feel purposeful and present and joyful in your immediate surroundings. Because one day, not too long from now, you won’t be able to.
You studied poetry at college. If the music of Strange Weather was a (famous or not) poem, which one would it be?
God damn with these questions. The one ‘poem’ that I specifically thought about in reference to Strange Weather was The Odyssey. While I was working on Suspending Disbelief I realized it was the story of a man going the long way to get back home, encountering trials and tribulations and bizarre characters and sexy situations. It’s just the most Everything poem that there is. And that’s what I’m going for.
A song you are secretly obsessed with?
I’m not ashamed of any of the music I love…but I know what you mean. So I’ll saaayyy “Too Much” by Dave Matthews Band
What isn’t a crime but should be?
Ghosting someone you know personally. People need to be punished for not responding.
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